This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, January 1, 2023
It's hard to believe that 2022 is behind us. While it was an extremely challenging year for the Jewish community, we are comforted by developments in the fight against antisemitism — including anti-Zionism — in Canada and across the globe, some of which were highlighted in last week's Word from our Chair and by the World Jewish Congress.
As the advocacy agent for Jewish Federations across Canada, CIJA thanks for your ongoing support that helps us realize our mission to protect and preserve Jewish life here at home. It is our privilege to work on your behalf to create a safer world for all members of our Jewish community.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2023.
The CIJA Team
During the last 12 months, as the world began to recover from a pandemic that dramatically impacted all our lives and the people of Ukraine were unconscionably and viciously attacked by Russia, the Jewish community experienced a disturbing surge in antisemitic hate at a level not seen in more than 75 years.
Anti-Jewish speech and action, inextricably intertwined with anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rhetoric, grew exponentially in social media, in public discourse, and on Canadian campuses until it felt like a constant barrage of one horrific incident after another, increasingly frequent, and each more incendiary than the last.
But we also saw some reason for hope!...
While Jews continued to be attacked, their synagogues vandalized, and their history and culture, especially related to the Holocaust, distorted, there was progress in the fight against Jew hatred.
Positive trends included the adoption by the Council of the European Union of measures to combat racism and antisemitism; the appointment by of antisemitism envoys and the IHRA definition of antisemitism by several countries; and strides at the United Nations in the fight against antisemitism.
CIJA staff from across the country were proud to join politicians from all sides of the House and all levels of government, law enforcement, community members and more in celebrating Chanukah! 🕎
Join CIJA and Jewish Federations across Canada and hundreds of representatives from Canadian Jewish communities and organizations at Democracy in Action in Ottawa on October 16-17 to explore challenges facing Canadian Jewry and ways, as a diverse yet united national community, we can address them.
February 5-6 | Tu BiShvat
March 2 | The Abraham Accords: A Turning Point in the Legal World
October 16-17 | Democracy in Action
- Associate Director Communications and Media Relations (Quebec)
Associate Director, Partnerships and Community Engagement (Quebec)
Executive Director | Kehillat Beth Israel, Ottawa
Campaign Engagement Specialist (Jewish Federation of Ottawa)
Designer/Creative Coordinator: Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
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